Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper, and Stuart Davis were fascinated with New York's urban landscape and let Gotham scenes spill across their canvases—with good reason: The city gives way to light splinters and endless shadow play, a playground for sketchers and painters. Subjects for the New School's "Drawing and Painting New York on Site" (800-319-4321; include the Brooklyn Botanical Museum, the Hudson River Park, and the celebrated skyline itself.

Forget going to IKEA over summer break: Instead, put on a mask and gloves, fuse metals, and operate power tools, and furnish your apartment yourself at the New School (800-319-4321; in "Welding: Sculpture and Furniture Fabrication." A work of decorative sculpture is the principal project of this hardcore class—Calder would be proud.

Maybe you're colorblind, or can't draw a straight line—or looking to supplement your painting career and help yourself actually make a decent living. NYU (212-998-7171; offers two intensive programs that will help you get a leg up: "Arts Administration" in June and "Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts" in July. You'll learn the basics in these fields and receive either a certificate or undergraduate credit (your choice). No need to dine on ice cream and ramen forever! [danielle winterton]


Would a pinot noir or a pinot grigio taste better with that piece of salmon? What's the difference between Korbel and Dom Perignon? Why does cheese go so well with wine? Why do you have to spit the wine after you taste it? Have all your wine questions answered and more at the New York City Wine Class's "Introduction to Wine" (212-647-1875;

Beef. It's still for dinner. If your steak keeps coming out dry or you just can't find that one good sauce to serve with it, why not check out the Institute of Culinary Education's "The American Steakhouse" (212-847-0700; Learn what makes your favorite steakhouse a cut above the rest.

You know that feeling after you make a cake that's just missing something? Scott Woolley's Academy of Cake Art (212-362-5374; classes teach all about cake decoration, cake sculpture, and how to craft those lovely little flowers out of gum paste so that your cake can put even Betty Crocker to shame. [zack wagman]


"You have never seen dance like this before," reads the sign on the door to Elizabeth Streb's new Action Invention Lab (718-384-6491), and you really haven't. Her Pop Action technique takes physical dance to a new level. The class, located in oh-so-trendy Williamsburg, is a mere $12 and will blow your mind—and body—away.

Searching for the perfect ballet class? Igal Perry's is it. His daily morning session at Peridance Center (212-505-0885) combines comfort and technique—oui, c'est possible. Best of all, he will know your name by the end of barre. Catch him Monday through Friday at 10 a.m., for $13 a class.

Think you know your body? You don't. Well, not until you've taken Jennifer Nugent's modern workshop you don't. Her class reveals physical insight into weight and space through the exploration of supported movement that is so sensual you can almost taste it. Take her class and fall in love at Dance Space Center ( 212-625-8369), April 28 through May 18. Cost: $235. [sarah donnelly]


Add the Stanislavsky approach to your repertoire by attending the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies' "Scene Study Workshop" (212-998-7200; Whether you're an aspiring performer or just want to break through your shy shell, this class will help you learn to develop a realistic acting style. Runs May 20 through August 5. Cost: $550.

Illustrating that contemporary performance can take place on the Broadway stage or a nearby street corner, Columbia's School of Continuing Education's (212-854-9699; course entitled "The New York Theatre Event" requires out-of-class attendance at selected events. Sessions run from late May to early July and early July to mid August.

To be or not to be your own playwright? You'll be able to answer that quandary after taking the New School's (800-319-4321; introductory course in story, character, conflict, scene construction, and plotting. Students are expected to finish 20 pages of script during the six-week evening class. Cost: $485. [tedra meyer]


It's Saturday night. Late. You're about to embark on a rollicking night on the town. You slip into your slacks and slide on your shoes. And then you trip. And fall. Because you never had the time to get your pants hemmed. It's too late for the tailor now, and you couldn't possibly walk if your heels were any higher, and the last time you rolled up your pant legs you were escaping a flood. Learn to sew them yourself. With the Fashion Institute of Technology's "Ladies Tailoring I" (212-217-7999; Problem solved.

OK, Mr. Murakami. Your multi-colored LV's sure are cute. If you call $6,000 and a never ending waiting list cute!!! I looked at the copies on Canal Street, only to find their screen printing skills aren't up to par. What's that you say? I can learn to screen print? I can do it for approximately the price of the zipper on one of your bags? And Louis Vuitton won't sue me so long as I forget about his initials and plaster mine on bags instead? Sounds like a plan to me. Check out FIT's "Experimental Screen Printing" (212-217-7999;

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